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Data Sets: State and Local

State and local data can be found through federal government and national organization web sites.

Federal Government and National Organization Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)>
Mentioned previously in this chapter as one of the data sets available from the CDC, BRFSS can be used to access state and local data. BRFSS is the world’s largest telephone survey; it tracks health risks of adults (persons over 18) in the United States. States can add questions on a wide range of important health issues, such as diabetes, arthritis, tobacco use, folic acid consumption, health care coverage, and even terrorism. For example, following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut added questions to their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys to measure the psychological effects of this traumatic event. BRFSS data can also be analyzed to examine smaller geographic areas within states. In 2003, CDC analyzed 2002 BRFSS state data for SMART BRFSS (Selected Metropolitan/ Micropolitan Area Risk Trends from the BRFSS). This project produced data for 98 metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs) and showed that the prevalence of high-risk health behaviors varied substantially among selected MMSAs.

Child Stats – Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
This web site provides federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families.

FEDSTATS – Federal government
Provides access to official statistics collected and published by more than 100 federal agencies, much of it at the state level.

State & County QuickFacts – U.S. Census Bureau
QuickFacts tables are summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various Census Bureau programs. Profiles are available at the national, state, and county level.

State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey - CDC

State Health Departments - CDC

State Profiles - Children’s Defense Fund

State Health Facts Online - Kaiser Family Foundation

State and Local Data Sources

Many states have their own systems for reporting data. Usually these systems include births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. A core public health function is statewide injury data collection and analysis. This data collection provides data for mortality statistics found on most state public health web sites. Check individual state public health department web sites to find what is provided. Often local statistics are available by census tract, community, county, and region. Cities and regions are also providing Internet access to data.

Arizona Public Health Services
Provides population-level data on patterns and trends in health status of Arizonans.

California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)
Provides public health information for California's diverse population. Results on a variety of health topics are produced for the entire state and most counties.

EpiQMS – Washington State Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Health
This is an interactive health statistics web site that can produce numbers, rates, graphs, charts, maps, and county profiles using various demographic variables (age, sex, race, etc.) from birth, death, cancer, and population datasets for the state and counties.

MASSCHIP - Massachusetts Community Health Information
This site provides health statistics for the entire state and cities and regions within the state. It allows one to use data to create predefined or custom reports. Access to the site is free but requires registration.

CHARTing Health Information for Texas
Provides a comprehensive collection of links to publicly available, localized or geographically-discrete health data, community characteristics data and sociodemographic data for the state of Texas.


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